State Department approves potential sale of 300 Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia

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The State Department has approved the potential sale of 300 Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia for about $3.05 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on Tuesday.

The sale would replenish Saudi Arabia’s “diminished” stockpile of missile defense systems.

“These missiles are used to defend the borders of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against the Houthis’ persistent cross-border unmanned aerial system and ballistic missile attacks at civilian sites and critical infrastructure in Saudi Arabia,” the Security and Defense Cooperation Agency said in a statement.

A U.S. Air Force member stands near a Patriot missile battery at Prince Sultan Airbase in al-Kharj, central Saudi Arabia, February 29, 2020. 20, 2020.

A U.S. Air Force member stands near a Patriot missile battery at Prince Sultan Airbase in al-Kharj, central Saudi Arabia, February 29, 2020. 20, 2020.
(Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP, File)

It comes after President Biden visited Last month, Saudi Arabia met with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Said and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on human rights and energy security.

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Reuters reported just days before the trip that the Biden administration was considering lifting a ban on selling offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia, a move that hinges on the country ending its proxy war in Yemen. against iran.

President Joe Biden arrives at King Abdulaziz International Airport, July 15, 2022, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

President Joe Biden arrives at King Abdulaziz International Airport, July 15, 2022, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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UN special envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg said a truce in Yemen’s civil war had been extended from Tuesday to October.